India vs South Africa: Shreyas Iyer says visitors will look to bounce back strongly in ODI series

Battered and bruised after their Test series defeat, India will bounce back strongly in the ODI series in South Africa, top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer said.

FirstCricket Staff, Jan 22, 2018 22:45:10 IST

Battered and bruised after their Test series defeat, India will bounce back strongly in the ODI series in South Africa, top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer said on Monday.

Indian batsmen surrendered meekly to lose the first two Tests in the ongoing series and will play the third Test from January 24, before locking horns in a six-match ODI series beginning 1 February. "We will also look to come back strongly. We have not won the Test series so will look to bounce back strongly," Iyer said.

India vs South Africa: Shreyas Iyer says visitors will look to bounce back strongly in ODI series

File picture of Shreyas Iyer. AP

The return of former skipper MS Dhoni will also bolster the side. "MS is coming back. He has led the Indian team previously. He's a great finisher, looking forward to the ODI series. We would look to win the ODI series. That would be my target."

Having recovered from a hamstring injury, Iyer will join the team for the ODI series as he showed signs of full fitness with a sterling 79 not out to lead Mumbai to 198/4 before going down to Punjab by three wickets in their Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 fixture.

"Prior to South Africa tour, getting a knock like this is important. It will give me a lot of confidence. I will see to it if I can carry the same form in South Africa," he said.

Iyer has done his homework for the seaming and bouncy conditions in South Africa. "Since I was injured after the Sri Lanka tour, I was watching the matches and they have bouncy and seaming pitches.

"My preparation would be to play the ball on merit and to be on backfoot more rather than playing on front foot. "In India the ball does not climb so much as compared to South African wickets. To stay as much positive as possible and progress in my innings.

"After going there I will set a goal for myself and see to it that I achieve that goal," he concluded.

Updated Date: Jan 22, 2018 22:45:10 IST






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1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252